2016 Award Winners HIDEAWAY OF THE YEAR 2016

Bervie, Achill Island, Co Mayo


Everyone loves the idea of a hideaway, and this is one of our most popular awards. Whether it’s the establishments itself which offers that sense of privacy and seclusion, or its location, there is something very appealing about a place that you can disappear to and escape everyday pressures.

A secret love of ours for many years, Bervie is a magical beachside property that was once a coastguard station. It has a family history in hospitality going back to 1932, so it’s no wonder that the current owners John and Elizabeth Barrett manage to combine relaxed hospitality and professionalism with such apparent ease - Elizabeth was born here, and she has hospitality in her blood.

Tucked down into sand dunes and with a little wicket gate leading to a vast south-facing beach backed by majestic cliffs, Bervie is a wonderful place.

Although modestly categorised as a B&B, its sweet unpretentious comfort, cosy fireside chairs and really excellent dining (thanks to treasured chef James and his team), have the feeling of a much-loved country house.

We can’t recommend Bervie highly enough, but be warned: once smitten, this place and these people will keep on calling you back.


27 votes


Achill Keel, Co. Mayo
B&B / Restaurant
A selection of establishments outside the standard categories that should enhance the discerning travellers experience of Ireland Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere Serious About Seafood Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
John and Elizabeth Barrett’s magical beachside house was once a coast guard station and, since 1932, has been the ultimate escape for the many guests who have stayed here. It’s a low, tucked-in kind of a place with a little wicket gate giv ...

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